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I have translated a portion of an article published in the German language
where Latin sources were used back to the year 12 AD. This offers us a look
at Europe 600 years before the invasion of Slavic people arriving in
Teutonic lands from the East. The Slavs were dislodged from their Eastern
areas due to a small ice age and settled in areas of Germanic tribes in
climatically more favorable areas in the West. The entire German article is
on behalf of the Teutonic freedom fighter Arminius' (Hermann's) 2000th
Anniversary agains the Romans. The New Ulmers are very familiar with
Hermann because their ancestors have duplicated a smaller version of
this memorial to Herman in the Teutoburger Forest in Germany. To see the
memorial in Germany go to this website:
To view the duplicate memorial in smaller proportions at New Ulm, click
To read the entire article in German click on this link:
And here is part of the article translated as it concerns Bohemian
descendants who may not be able to read this German article.
(The time frame is 12 AD)
"Varus kept control of the North (including the harbor which will eventually
become Hamburg) and by keeping this area quiet, he was giving Tiberius a
chance to overpower the Marcomanni and erect the protectorates Bohemia and
Moravia. The Limes stretches along the Elbe, going along the Moldau South
to the Danube.
Dresden, Prague and Nuremberg are Roman cities, and millions of Teutons are
happy Roman citizens; this allows the emperor to free one more legion for
Palestine, where it has become necessary to stop Jewish uprisings. Two
further legions stand at the boundary to the Persian empire where they wait
for Trajan, who then ventures with them to the Indus. Assimilated Teutons
conquer the Balkan Peninsula for Rome and this sets the east boundary first
to the Oder and then the Weichsel rivers. In Rome are temples not only to
Mithras, but there are also holy hills devoted to Wotan and Donar, and to
Freya and Ostara.
This is an update on Monika Bredl (1855-1929) who emigrated with her husband
Georg Aschenbrenner from Markt Eisenstein, Bohemia in 1877 and settled in
Stetsonville, Taylor Co, WI. She later moved to Park Falls, Price Co, WI to
be nearer to her sons Edward and Lawrence Aschenbrenner of Park Falls.
I have learned that two of Monika's siblings also immigrated to America:
Franziska and Anton. In February of 2007, I obtained information on the
children of Michael Bredl and Franziska Rohrbacher (Monika's parents) from
the archives in Pilzen, Czech Republic. According to these records,
Franziska, Monika's sister, married a man by the name of Wallner; it was
also recorded that Franziska died in America in 1936.
I recently obtained additional information from the Wisconsin marriage
records that are available through the Wisconsin Historical Society. On
January 13, 1890, in Fifield, Price County, WI, Anna Walner, daughter of
Jacob Walner and Franciska Brodl (Bredl), married Michael Hilgart, listed as
a farmer near Fifield. On that same day and place, Anton Bredl, son of
Michael Bredl and Franciska Rohrbacher, married Matilda Rollhagen Anton's
occupation is listed as a farmer near Fifield. Apparently, Franziska
Wallner's husband Jacob had died by 1891; it is not known whether Jacob died
in Bohemia or in America. On November 23, 1891, Franziska Bredl Wallner,
daughter of Michael Bredl and Franziska Rohrbacker, married Anthony Aschbeck
in Auburndale, Wood Co, Wisconsin. Franziska and Jacob Wallner also had a
son George (Wallner) who immigrated to Sherry, Wood Co, WI. He is listed in
the 1905 Wisconsin Census for that town. A descendant of George Wallner,
states that George was the son of Jacob and Franciska Wallner and grandson
of Michael Bredl and Franziska Rohrbacher.
Other questions remain about the family of Monika Bredl. Was Monika related
to August (age 76) and Franciska Bredl (age 70), who are listed as next-door
neighbors in the small town of Hamburg, Marathon County, WI in the 1880 US
census? Living with August and Franciska were their son, William Bredl (age
30) and daughter-in-law, Auguste (age 21). The birthplace for the Bredl
family is given as Baden. However, this may well have been a mistake on the
part of the census taker, as George and Monika Aschenbrener are listed as
born in Baden in that census as well. Could August have been an uncle and
William a cousin of Monika? Could the Wilhelm who died and was buried in
the Forest Home Cemetery in Fifield, WI in 1904 be this William?
An Anton Bredl died and was buried in 1895, in the Forest Home Cemetery of
Fifield, WI. As noted above, Monika's brother Anton was married in Fifield
in 1890. Could this be the same man?
Was Monika Bredl (Bradle) related to Joseph and Frank Bredl, brothers who
settled in Eisenstein, WI (just down the road from Fifield, WI) and Laona,
WI, respectively? Their father was Johann Bredl, who was born in Markt
Eisenstein and died at Frank's home in Marshfield in 1901. Although no link
has been found, it is probable that they were at least distant cousins.
Maybe someone out there is able to connect with this family...